Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
37 years old
Number of bottles
46.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Apr 2015 8:57 am by Gonathras
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 501.62

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Whisky Reviews for Glenisla 1977 SV

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.79 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    If only the palate was a real continuation of the nose withtout this bland plankish astringency, we'd have a truly fascinating malt. As such, the nose is the only thing to write home about. If you like odd profiles like some weird, funky Clynelish, Springbank or Craigellachie, you might want to try it if you can.
    • Nose
      Glenisla was an experimental malt made at Glen Keith during the 70's with peated water (from what I've heard), and it sure does smell experimental. Inclassable, it has indeed a light peatiness like some waxy blue cheese (a bit like Craigellachie 23), and what's striking is that it's both extremely industrial and extremely organic. You've got bakelite, strawberries dipped in molten plastic, ... very strange. Horse sweat, forest fruits, ... all very subtle actually, and though it's a real alien, it works. Muddy water, strawberry yoghurt, fresh paint and clean clothes. Pedagogical, totally unlike anything I've had, and quite fascinating. Somewhat reminiscent of an odd Springbank with a wtf fruitiness instead of the typical austerity.
    • Taste
      Sadly, the fruitiness here disappears and leads to something quite disappointing, astringent and peppery with quite some plain oak. Peatier now. Still though, there's a light synthetic sweetness/fruitiness to be found, and it still has that cheesy creaminess. Somwehat medicinal at times. Less interesting and less pleasurable.
    • Finish
      Better already but still not on par with the nose, there some white wine and young cheese again, always creamy but with that woody spiciness added. Mint, gouda, newspapers and plastic ... yep, it has grown some complexity again. 

  2. lviz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Whisky history is also. Worth reading!

    Aroma: very moderated smoky, really maybe a smoked cheese, smoked ham, some straw. Rural, at the same time you can feel a lot of fruit, grain, honey.

    Taste: oily, ripe, honey and has a very unique peatiness. It may be stupid, but it reminds me of the Japanese ... Hakushu, Yoichi, but at an age I couldn't afford because my kidney and the price of my car would have to. Wonderfully oily and mature, I think the abv is perfect too. It was a very good attempt to use peat water, it became quite a unique whisky. Now I would be interested in a similar Glen Grant! Caperdonich also had peat, but what I tasted (OB 18y) was heavily peat, here it is somehow much more chiseled and better for whisky. I would imagine such a very old Hazelburn in a Longrow barrel. Pumpkin was interesting, it was great to taste. 88 +2 emotional points for the whole story behind it.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Hemdl scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Shame, couldn't convince me at all. The note of smoked cheese is not my cup of tea, apart from that this Glenisla has very little to offer here. I suspect that they wanted to help an absolutely sucked-out keg to be successful again through an extremely long storage time - but it didn't really work. There are more exciting bottlings.
    • Nose
      Oha, completely different than expected. This has nothing to do with the typical bourbon flavors of a long-matured bottling. Is that because of the peated water? It actually smells like smoky butter cheese. Behind a few fresh herb and hay notes. Amazingly little fruit and overall quite monotonous.
    • Taste
      The note of smoked cheese continues here as well. Not really smoky or peaty, but such a hint is always there. In addition, strong oak notes, but without drifting into bitterness. A little wet malt, a hint of indefinable fruit - at least.
    • Finish
      Medium length and well balanced. Not too dry, but again hardly any fruity or interesting notes. It all seems relatively worn out and bland, a shame.

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      88 88


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